EVENT REPORTS – Chilham Castle

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Bryony Skinner reports …..

The second event in the BE calendar held at Chilham Castle, which includes the CIC* class, took place over the weekend in mixed weather but with perfect ground conditions thanks to the recent rainfall.  The backdrop of the castle provided a perfect setting as over 350 competitors took part. Spectators enjoyed some ideal viewing, including a convenient Watering hole, kindly run by the East Kent Hunt , that had been set up out on the cross country course and could be reached by shuttle car from their stand out onto the course throughout the weekend.

The BE80(T) section F was won by Jasmine Wilks on Harestone, who completed on their dressage score of 22.  This was only the 2nd event for the horse which came 2nd at Stratford Hills earlier in the season.  Jasmine commented: “Harestone (Dundee) stable name, is 15,2 hands and 7 years old. I’ve had him just over a year now and we’ve really taken our time to get to know each other. He is like a whippet, small and fast! He was really nervous of water so I’ve made the most of a good rainy day and put him in every puddle I can. He’s a real character, he love cuddles and drinks like a dog.  Chilham; considering the weather was really pouring that day, the ground held up really well. Great effort was put into the course even though it was an 80 there was enough questions being asked which included two waters and a fair few spooky fences including a big carrot shaped fence, which resulted in more then a few being caught out by the questions being asked of horse and rider. Next for Harestone and I is Firle International where we shall be hoping to continue our run of success as we step up to the next grade in our first 90. We would like to gain a grass roots regional qualification at some point and hope to finish the season with a run at BE 100.”

Miss Janey Hurran  added just 0.4 time faults to a very good dressage score of 21.3 to win the BE90 section A on Saunderscourt Warcraft Lad after coming second twice this season at Tweseldown and Eridge.

Janey said “I’ve had Junior (that’s his stable name) about three and a half years and this was our first ever win so it was a really special day and a long time coming! It has taken a lot of work and patience to take our dressage from a 43 to a 21.3 and I never would have believed we could do that! We’ve had lots of ups and downs as he’s quite a sensitive horse but this season everything seems to have finally clicked. The xc rode beautifully but Chilham is always a challenging course that needs a fit horse with that lovely big gallop towards the end! We’ve had quite a busy season so far so we only have a couple of events left. Badminton Grassroots has always been our little goal but we’ll see!”

Emily Llewellyn had a successful weekend at Chilham, taking first place in the 5 year old class on Galwaybay Panther and also 5th in the Open Novice on Exclusive.  Emily completed on 29.2 in the 5 year old class, 0.4 faults ahead of 2nd placed Sam Penn and Just A Jewel.  On facebook, Emily reported “My super smart 5yr old Galwaybay Panther was amazing today WINNING his first ever event!! Led from the start on a 28 and was double clear! He is such a star for the future and would be FOR SALE to the right buyers with his ticket to Osberton 5yr old champs this really is a top horse for any professional!! Very exciting!!”

Sam Penn also reported on her facebook page after coming a close second in the 5 year old section “Last out was Just a Jewel in the KBIS 5yo section. It’s all just starting to come together on the flat and she gave her best dressage ever for 28.8. A feisty but clear round showjumping meant it was all rather close at the top for the placings. We took a long route at the steps down to a skinny log and thus despite our best efforts we picked up 0.8 time faults to finish 0.6 marks behind the winner, but her round was absolute class, such an exciting prospect for the future.”

Catherine Fowdrey had an ‘incredibly’ successful weekend, taking first place in the BE100 section I on Bicton Incredibly Dun and  2nd and 3rd in section J on Zingara III and Derryveeney Boy, consecutively.   Catherine was thrilled with her results and commented: “Bicton Incredibly Dun (stable name Biscuit or Scwit) is a 14.2hh accident by a 12hh Welsh section A stallion out of a 16.1hh Morgan x TB (hence incredibly “Dun”!). I bought him as rising 4 year old, he’s now rising 7.  He is as lovely to handle as he is to ride just the nicest pony. The aim is to keep producing him. He has done a couple of novices and ultimately we would like to have a go at 1* if not the end of this year then maybe next season. Zingaro is owned by Debbie Turner. I have evented him for the past 4 years after we decided to try a change of job from dressage to eventing to cheer him up and he loves eventing. He’s been incredibly consistent with 17 top 3 placing and several wins at BE90 and 100. Derryveeney Bridgeboy is owned by another very good friend Jo Kane. We’re eventing him for fun. He’s 14.3hh 7 year old pure Connie and puts his heart and soul into his eventing and has just moved up to BE100.
I event for fun. My real job is horse and human physiotherapist in East Sussex (www.equestrianphysiotherapy.com) I only ride my horses and for my friends and our priority is to have fun, have a great picnic and come home safely.
I love the event at Chilham, such a stunning setting. The course is always a good test with the added challenge of the hilly terrain. You can’t come here without knowing you’ve done enough fitness work. Huge thanks to all the organisers and volunteers and sponsors.”

The BE100+ section M was won by Karen Maurice and her own homebred mare  Panache II, who completed on their dressage score of 31.  Karen commented “The ground was great, and I think Chilham Park is such a lovely venue, and the cross country running through the park land with stunning views is always special.  It was great that the organisers ran the 100+ section, as it gives you an opportunity to do the Novice dressage tests, and slightly bigger show-jumping.  I was so thrilled with my homebred mare.  Panache was very tricky as a youngster and really tested my confidence.  I hadn’t done any eventing before I bred Panache but always wanted to start.  It’s taken till the later part of my life to find the thrill and excitement of eventing, and I feel so lucky that my little mare now makes it seem easy.  I’m so glad I persevered with her, and now I so enjoy taking her out eventing.”

The CIC* class was won by Georgie Strang, who completed on her dressage score of 39.1 adding no time faults over a long x country course with an optimum time of 6 minutes.  Georgie posted on facebook “So incredibly proud of Capels Hollow Drift WINNING the CIC1* at Chilham at only 6 years old.  He led from the start with a fantastic dressage of 39 and jumped an effortless double clear. Making this his 4th win of the season.”  Georgie also finished in tenth in the CIC* section on Red Hot Cooley.

Gaspard Maksud took the winning spot in the Novice section N on Pizazz II, continuing a successful season for this combination which also had a win in the Novice at Hambleden.  Gaspard also came 4th in the 5yo class on Cabri Louvo.  Gaspard commented “Pizazz (7 year old), has been bred by her owner Miss Jill Tasker. He’s a Part Bred Connemara (Connemara (14,1hh) x TB(15,1)). The owner was expecting to breed a pony but he kept growing to stand at 15,3hh. I started riding him when he was 5. He did his first show/event with me and has never disappointed since. This horse is very consistent with 2 wins already at Novice this season. The course was quite tough for a Novice with a few questions. However we can congratulate the course designer for putting some alternatives for all the difficult fences. All the direct routes were a good test before stepping up a level (intermediate). The course rode very well for me. I decided to take the alternative at the coffin (made you lose only 5s and much easier) and also to do a circle between 19b, a big drop and 20, an open corner on a left turn. The choices had been made knowing that he’s very quick cross country and when you are 2nd after the show jumping you don’t take the risk to have 20 penalties at the last combinations.

The plan now is to go to Firle then Keysoe and to finish at South of England all at Novice.  Hopefully he’s going to do some Intermediates and Internationals next year.

Other winners: BE80(T) section E –  Katie Hipkins, Kilglass Standalone, BE80(T) section G – Nicola Brown, Halestorm Topsy, BE90 section B – Eloise Van Praagh, Munro Highlander, BE90 section C – Lisa Pilbeam, Bellatrix III, BE90 open section D, Nelly Pearse, Killagoola Boy, BE100 section J – Zachary Thorne, Emmas Joy, BE100 Open section K – Becky Morrish, Kilsallah Cathal, , Open  Novice section O – Lynne Scott, General Commotion

Photographs courtesy of Gary Horner


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